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My daughter was diagnosed with asthma and shes 5 what could cause her to get asthma all of a sudden?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Known

There are many genes associated with an increased risk for asthma.
As a result asthma is often associated with illnesses that precede it like eczema & food allergies. Then environmental factors play on these vulnerabilities to trigger asthma. Such factors include viral respiratory infection, pollution especially cigarette smoke & allergens like dust mite and especially around age 5 plant pollens.

In brief: Known

There are many genes associated with an increased risk for asthma.
As a result asthma is often associated with illnesses that precede it like eczema & food allergies. Then environmental factors play on these vulnerabilities to trigger asthma. Such factors include viral respiratory infection, pollution especially cigarette smoke & allergens like dust mite and especially around age 5 plant pollens.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unknown

Nobody knows the answer. Some have theories.
Stay tuned for more research.

In brief: Unknown

Nobody knows the answer. Some have theories.
Stay tuned for more research.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Genetics

Asthma can star at any age.
There are certainly family histories in many if not most cases. The triggers to start the wheezing are different. But you can start with symptoms anytime.

In brief: Genetics

Asthma can star at any age.
There are certainly family histories in many if not most cases. The triggers to start the wheezing are different. But you can start with symptoms anytime.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Asthma

Difficult to diagnose younger than age five.
Most importantly, if she does have asthma, she needs treatment regardless of what caused it. See an asthma specialist.

In brief: Asthma

Difficult to diagnose younger than age five.
Most importantly, if she does have asthma, she needs treatment regardless of what caused it. See an asthma specialist.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Emergence/ label

Many of us are leary of using the asthma label in younger kids as so many of those that wheeze in infancy/toddler years will grow out of it by 4-5 yr.Those with genetically mediated asthma can emerge at any age, but boys seem to do so earlier (about 1) while girls do later (around 4).
Most will have a set of triggering factors(URI's, weather change,etc).She likely followed a preset pattern.

In brief: Emergence/ label

Many of us are leary of using the asthma label in younger kids as so many of those that wheeze in infancy/toddler years will grow out of it by 4-5 yr.Those with genetically mediated asthma can emerge at any age, but boys seem to do so earlier (about 1) while girls do later (around 4).
Most will have a set of triggering factors(URI's, weather change,etc).She likely followed a preset pattern.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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